This morning, we were up with the sun for a nice breakfast then off to explore this beautiful city. Our first stop was Imperial Palace, the main residence of the emperor of Japan. Unfortunately, you are not allowed in, but we were able to explore the east gardens. We were amazed by some of the sights, for example, we couldn't get over how many guard gates they had! We read that in just one of them, the Emperor had over 100 samurai's permanently assigned. Don't mess with the Emperor! We walked along the paths and saw lots of pretty flowers, a pretty skylike, a music hall, and even heard some kind of fight going on. I think it may have been sumo! Wish we could have seen!
After finishing our walk, we had some time to kill. We made our way up the street a bit and walked into the National Science Museum. Now I've seen my share of science museums. Heck, we lived right outside of DC for a year and spent many childless weekends exploring the National mall. This included spending time in many science museums. This was without a doubt the coolest science museum i've seen. It was so hands on, and it really got the kids interested in what they were learning about! Everything had some kind of experiment to try to show how something works. For example, I put my hand down and a camera zoomed in on my hand and talked about bacteria. Of course, we couldn't understand any of the Japanese, but it was a cool experience nonetheless.